Whether you're a little bit country, or a little bit rock n' roll, what the great state of Tennessee has a lot of is scenic beauty, culture, and a welcome mat for baby boomers, retirees, and empty nesters. With four gorgeous seasons, low cost of living, and a love of all things outdoors, it's no wonder Tennessee made it into the top ten best places to retire by Bankrate.com. From bustling metropolitan Memphis, to the majestic beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, and Tennessee River Valley, it's no wonder the state's population is so fast growing with a projected 7.5 million by 2025. Mild weather, rich history, what more could you want?
Tucked between the Mississippi River, and Appalachian Mountains, Tennessee has a humid subtropical climate with warm summers, and mild winters. If you're a snowbird trying to dig your way out of subzero temps, this state offers moderate weather, with snowfall in the Northeastern mountainous region. Precipitation and humidity are influenced by the Gulf of Mexico with average summer highs around 80 degrees. Each season is ushered in with natural beauty particularly in the fall when foliage is ablaze with vibrant color, and cool crisp air beckons you outdoors to enjoy rolling hills, and abundant lakes, and streams.
Low cost of living is important for retirees on a fixed income who want to enjoy life without sacrificing their hard earned savings. Approximately ten percent below the national average for cost of living, Tennessee also ranks as a low tax burden state with no personal income tax aside from dividends, and interest. According to Zillow, the average home value is $305k. Tennessee is home to eighty six 55+ active adult communities, and residents are lucky enough to enjoy the best of both worlds in terms of affordability, and location. There are options to suit any budget including condominiums, single family detached, and manufactured homes.
Tennessee is a state steeped in culture, history, and entertainment. From exploring the Civil War battlegrounds of Shiloh, and Lookout Mountain, to hiking the Great Smokies, the landscape of Tennessee is nothing short of awe inspiring. The state's largest city of Memphis is not only a barbecue lovers paradise, but is known as the melting pot of blues, and rock n' roll culture including Elvis's Graceland, Beale Street, and the Memphis Rock "n" Soul Museum. Bristol may be where country music was born, but Nashville is the ultimate country music destination where 55+ music lovers will find the Grand Ole Opry, and Country Music Hall of Fame. Channel your inner sommelier in Tennessee's wine country where fertile soil produces not only some of the country's best wine, but also plenty of u-pick farms for the freshest local produce. Tennessee is an outdoor enthusiasts playground providing endless opportunities for hiking, rafting, fishing, or just spending a leisurely afternoon enjoying the view. Today's retirees are more active than ever, and Tennessee is the place to be for an enriching lifestyle.
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